Virginia lieutenant governor faces calls to resign amid sexual assault claims

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The woman who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of raping her while they were Duke students 20 years ago also says a Duke basketball player raped her.

The statement said it was a "premeditated and aggressive" assault and that while Watson and Fairfax had been social friends, they were never involved romantically. Watson is "not seeking any financial damages", and her attorneys had notified Fairfax through his lawyers "that Ms. Watson hopes he will resign from public office", the firm said in its statement.

The pressure on Fairfax, who responded to Watson by saying he would not resign, and relative lack of pressure on Northam would have been nearly unthinkable a week earlier, when Fairfax looked bound to be the nation's only black governor and Northam looked to be headed for the door. It is demonstrably false.

"Senator Norment has emphatically condemned the racist and abhorrent photos in the yearbook, as do I", said Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox. Consequently, I call on all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me by Ms. Watson and Dr. Tyson.

What I have just expressed is the truth.

"I have passed two full field background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before", he said. Watson's claim came less than a week after Vanessa Tyson said Fairfax forced her to give him oral sex during the summer of 2004.

Those denials are not enough for him to keep his job, according to his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature. "The time has come for him to step down".

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has disappeared after saying he wanted to start an honest conversation about race.

Last Friday, Northam's history was called into question after a yearbook photo arose on his page showing two people dressed in blackface and a KKK robe.

Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

"I believe and trust that due process will provide the fairness, justice and honesty that is necessary", Fairfax said in a statement on Saturday.

That call was echoed by almost every member of Virginia's national congressional delegation, including Rep. Jennifer Wexton. Rather than Congress impeaching Donald Trump, Democrats in Virginia will begin impeachment proceedings on Monday against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax after multiple allegations of sexual assault emerged over the last week. She doesn't think anyone will step down, and as a loyal Democrat, she's not sure they should turn over the state to Republicans. The section says the lieutenant governor can be impeached by the House of Delegates and prosecuted before the Senate for "malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty, or other high crime or misdemeanor". He said that an "independent investigation" being conducted by Eastern Virginia Medical School is aimed at clearing up the facts around it.

In a statement to NPR, a spokesman for Virginia GOP Chairman Jack Wilson offered a slightly more cautious response.

Many elected officials and presidential hopefuls have called for Fairfax to resign after two women went public with allegations of sexual assault this week.

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